Norodom Ranariddh Biography
Birthday: January 2, 1944 (Capricorn)
Born In: Phnom Penh
Norodom Ranariddh is a Cambodian prince and politician. Though he has been active in politics for more than three decades, politics was not his first love. When he was a boy he aspired to pursue medical studies, but he was convinced by his grandmother, the Queen of Cambodia, that he should study law. He went on to get his PhD in law, but his heart wasn't in it. After spending a few years at the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), he left it and went on to teach Sociology and Constitutional law at his alma mater, the University of Provence. He eventually left his role as a teacher to pursue a career in politics. As a member of the Cambodian royal family, life in politics was not easy. The early 1990s were his toughest times. He was made co-prime minister with Cambodian People's Party leader Hun Sen when Sen claimed voter fraud after the 1993 election. The resolution of King Sihanouk was to install himself as head of state and make both Ranariddh and Hun Sen prime minister. This relationship turned out to be no more than an extended power struggle, with the two sides exchanging military blows during the 1998 election. Although he has faced continuous adversity, he has remained a significant part of Cambodian politics, culminating with his reinstatement as FUNCINPEC president in early 2015.